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Netflix has inked an exclusive deal with Kevin Hart and HartBeat Productions, Deadline reports.
Comedic giant Kevin Hart and his HartBeat Productions has cemented a new Netflix deal, making the streaming giant his new long-term home. Hart’s most recent comedy special, Zero F*cks Given, was the No.1 Netflix comedy special of 2020, drawing more than 21 million streaming accounts within its first month. The new partnership will ensure that Hart stars in at least four films that he’ll also produce, as well as offer a first-look film producing deal.
Hart is the first comic star since Adam Sandler to enter into this type of agreement with Netflix. Sandler’s deal was recently renewed for somewhere around $150 million. Hart’s films have garnered more than $4 billion worldwide at the box office.
Scott Stuber, Head of Film at Netflix, spoke about the new partnership, saying, “Netflix has enjoyed a long relationship with Kevin and we’ve been lucky enough to partner with him many times. He’s a hands-on producer and it’s been great to watch him build an incredible company with HartBeat. There are very few artists who can attract audiences of all ages and succeed in making comedies, dramas and family films. We’re excited to partner with Kevin, and his great team at HartBeat, to entertain our audience for years to come.”
HartBeat president Bryan Smiley echoed those sentiments, saying, “I am beyond thrilled about this exciting new chapter in our company’s history. Kevin and I are committed to making ‘best in class’ films with our new partners at Netflix. This groundbreaking deal guarantees HartBeat productions will be viewed by millions of people globally, for many years to come.”
Hart is already set to star in and executive produce the new Netflix scripted drama series True Story, alongside HartBeat Productions and Eric Newman (Narcos).
“Partnering with Netflix is an amazing opportunity for HartBeat and myself. I am excited to act in and produce cutting-edge films with Netflix. I am extremely grateful to Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber, we share the same creative vision and always put the audience first. The business is about growth and my HartBeat team continues to exceed my expectations with their ability to develop stories and relationships. Our goal is to make the HartBeat name synonymous with first-class entertainment and narratives,” Hart said.
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